Coasters’ boss in defiant mood

Dave Challinor - determined

Dave Challinor - determined

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AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has spelled out his determination to come through the biggest challenge of his managerial career.

The Coasters have suffered a worrying slump of late, with five straight defeats condemning them to 10th place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League prior to Saturday’s visit to Kellamergh Park of third-placed Worksop Town.

That is a serious setback for a team that started the season as one of the favourites for promotion and Challinor admits that the current run is the worst he has experienced as a manager.

In a previous, successful spell in charge at Colwyn Bay, his side had never lost two matches on the bounce, and prior to this dismal sequence he had never before lost more than two matches in succession with the Coasters.

Challinor said: “No-one puts more pressure on me than the pressure that I put on myself.

“People can say my job is vulnerable, but I know that is not the case – the chairman is ambitious for this club and I share that – I have been here for two years and I still love it and still have confidence in my ability and the ability of the players.

“It’s times like this that you try and adopt a siege mentality, if you like.

“We have had a bad run with injuries, but I know that if we get a full-strength team then we are a match for every other team in the division, and I firmly believe that we can get a good run going and get promotion.

“There is still a lot to play for this season.”

While AFC Fylde were losing to Chorley on New Year’s Day, Saturday’s visitors Worksop went down to a 1-0 defeat away to Matlock

The victors became the first team in the league this season to stop the Tigers scoring.